Thursday, January 19, 2023

Laugh and Learn (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Okay, it's not that difficult, I'll talk you through it, you do know the difference between a right click and a left click with the mouse, don't you?"

"Yes, I figured out that much in the week since I got it, and a few other things."

"Good, so just highlight the text you want and right click and select copy, then cut, them move the cursor to where you want it and right click again, selecting paste this, honey, momma's on the phone...just a minute...I'm trying to teach Ms. Mimi how to cut and paste...wait...wha...hahahahahaha!"

"Laura, you have to let me in on the joke."

"Hold on, let me catch my 6-year-old daughter thinks I'm trying to teach you how to use scissors and glue over the phone, as in cut paper and paste it...hahahahaha!"

"Hahahaha...okay, that's it...hahahaha...I'm going to have to call you back so we can finish this later!"

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Paste.      

(Based on a true story, my first home computer, a friend who'd gotten hers a few months before, and her daughter's reaction to my first lesson in "cut and paste".)


While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day This week's image and my poem:    

Hey, look what I found!

No, it's not what you threw,

but the moment I saw it,

I had to bring it to you.

I know you like that movie,

the "leg lamp" now costs quite a penny,

just like in A Christmas Story,

You'll have one and it won't cost you any!

(For those not familiar with it, the move A Christmas Story includes as part of its plot the father of the family winning a lamp shaped like a lady's leg and wearing a fishnet stocking, quite racy for the movie's setting of the 1940's.)


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

Today i'm thankful Ms. G gave me a spare window unit A/C she does not need to replace the one in the library that quit working last summer.


Today is:

Annual Visit of the Poe Toaster -- the mysterious person who, for almost 75 years, dressed in black with a wide brimmed hat and scarf, annually visited Poe's grave on his birthday, leaving roses and cognac; has not been seen since 2009

Brew A Potion Day -- internet generated, no reasons given

Feast of Sultan (Sovereignty) -- Baha'i

Horror Novels Are Horrendous Day -- for Poe's birth anniversary

La Tamborrada -- San Sebastian, Spain (begins in the evening, a 24-hour drum jam session and the city's biggest fiesta)

Little Ricky Day -- marking the date of his arrival on "I Love Lucy"

National Popcorn Day

Neon Sign Day -- patented this day in 1915

Nosso Senhor de Bonfim Festival -- Salvador, Brazil (Our Lord of the Happy Ending Festival, at the church by that name, the celebrations begin with washing the steps of the church today and celebrations run through this Sunday and to the next)

Sacrifices to Apollon -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Canute's Day a/k/a St. Knud (Patron of Denmark)

St. Henry of Uppsala's Day (Patron of the Catholic Cathedral of Helsinki; Finland; against storms)

Theophany/Epiphany -- Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians who still follow the Julian Calendar

     Timket -- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (with huge, colorful festivals through the whole country)

     Blessing of the Waters -- Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia, Bayswater, London, UK

Tin Can Day -- patented this day in 1825

Women's Healthy Weight Day -- on the Thursday of Healthy Weight Week, encouraging women to strive for a healthy weight and lifestyle

Birthdays Today:

Shawn Johnson, 1992

Jodie Sweetin, 1982

Frank Caliendo, 1974

Drea de Matteo, 1972

Shawn Wayans, 1971

Wendy Moniz, 1969

Junior Seau, 1969

Paul McCrane, 1961

William Ragsdale, 1961

Thomas Kinkade, 1958

Simon Rattle, 1955

Desi Arnaz, Jr., 1953

Dewey Bunnell, 1952

Robert Palmer, 1949

Paula Deen, 1947

Dolly Parton, 1946

Shelley Fabares, 1944

Janis Joplin, 1943

Michael Crawford, 1942

Phil Everly, 1939

Richard Lester, 1932

Robert MacNeil, 1931

Tippi Hedren, 1931

Fritz Weaver, 1926

Jean Stapleton, 1923

Guy Madison, 1922

John H. Johnson, 1918

Lester Flatt, 1914

Edgar J. Helms, 1863

Paul Cezanne, 1839

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809

Robert E. Lee, 1807

James Watt, 1736 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"48 Hours"(TV), 1988

"The Millionaire"(TV), 1955

"Woman of the Year"(Film), 1942

"Il Trovatore"(Verdi Opera), 1853

"Faust Part I"(Goethe tragic play), 1829

Today in History:

Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy, 1419

San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines, 1607

The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, 1788

The United Kingdom occupies the Cape of Good Hope, 1806

Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtain a patent for a process of storing food in tin cans, 1825

Goethe's Faust Part I premiers, 1829

Verdi's Il Trivatore preniers in Rome, 1853

The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey, 1883

Ibsen's play The Master Builder premiers in Berlin, 1893

Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising, 1915

The US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations, 1920

Coopers Inc. sells the world's first briefs, 1930

For the only time in recorded history, snow falls in Miami, Florida, 1977

The last VW Beetle made in Germany leaves the plant, 1978

United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity, 1981

The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced, 1983

Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations, 1993

The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto, 2006

Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, 2013

American skier Lindsey Vonn wins her 63rd World Cup, setting a new record, 2015

A major report on antimicrobial resistance shows 4.95m deaths worldwide can be associated with drug-resistant bacteria, making untreatable infections now a leading cause of death, 2022


  1. I am smiling at both your Six Sentence Story and your poem (and thanks for the explanation).
    Yay Ms G.

  2. See-through fences are still fences because they keep the mosquitoes out.

    God bless.

  3. Smiles all around you spread...🙂
    ...(been also at the receiving end of copy paste jokes 😄)

  4. I just wish back in the day I would have had someone that could have taught me about cutting paste. It's been a slow process all these years because I have no one to show me these technical things. So basically I'd rather look at the pretty wrought iron fence.

  5. Hi Mimi. Love the Six - how language can be adapted over the years to fit with new technology. Love the poem, too - the dog with the leg is too funny :)

  6. We saw the leg lamp from the movie at the Indiana welcome center a few months ago, LOL!

  7. The poem is great! And then we see it's Poe Toaster day. Never heard of that before and what a mystery. Now I need to go off and find more about that.

  8. Great poem as always ~ and story too ~ you are so talented ~ great fence photos too ~ Glad you got an AC from Mrs G ! Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Furrst, your 6 sentence story was priceless! I was laughing pretty hard. LOVE the fences, the Poem with the dog and leg made me laugh! And A terrific thankful! Now I am off to eat some popcorn while I brew a potion! Keep being awesome! Purrs Marv

  10. Hehe on copy/paste explanations. Nope, no glue involved here :D
    Great poem. And thanks for the explanation, as I do not know that movie. The 30es and 40es were rather a racy period - which we tend to forget because of the war and the 50es and start 60es which were quite prim in comparison to what came before and after.

  11. lol

    (hey, on my way down here I was caught by the photo of the GSD with a mannequin's leg in his/her mouth and I totally thought of Ola. Whenever the three of us would go for a walk, Ola would find an outsized branch or chunk of wood to carry, as she lead us on our walk.
    We always complimented her on her strength and abilities
    thanks for the memory prompt

  12. That was a funny story and a fun poem. Your thankful was a cool one and will be when you need it. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. Cute story and poem. :) Glad you got an a/c- a necesitty in the summer. XO

  14. The computer instructions seem a little wrong. With copy and paste you don't need "cut". Copy just copies the words to a new page, "cut" removes them from the original page and pastes onto a new page. So it's one or the other, not both.
    Funny dog bringing back a whole leg :)

  15. The daughter's reaction was perfecrly logical! Nice to see a dog legging it!

  16. Great poem Mimi. Love your reference to the "leg lamp" in Christmas Story - I thought about that FIRST THING when I saw the photo!! Several others thought of it too but EVERYONE wrote a fantastic poem for this photo and I think next week's will be fun too! Thanks for having fun with us.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

  17. The joys of learning new technology. It's always better for someone to actually show you how to do it, rather then trying to discover the intricacies yourself.

  18. Some time in the future, the world will be so digitized that kids won't even know that cut and paste means using scissors and glue


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